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Advanced Contemporary Health Visiting

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS points 7.5
Advanced Contemporary Health Visiting - 15 credits at SCQF level 11| ECTS points 7.5

This module requires some knowledge and understanding of the role of a health visitor. Application of practice and some knowledge of caseload management is required to link theory to practice. In addition, knowledge and understanding of strategies and approaches to deliver effective interventions to support children and families is required.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

10 weeks
  • Underpinning theories, principles and concepts of leading and managing teams and caseloads.
  • Range of strategies and interventions to address the contemporary health care requirements within health visiting.
  • Infant feeding strategies.
  • The role of the health visitor in the facilitation of learning.
  • The role of the health visitor within multi-agency work.

The content of this module aims to enable students to prioritise and manage a health visiting caseload. Leadership skills to successfully to lead a health visiting team and to delegate work is covered in this module. Developing leadership skills to develop and enhance the health visiting service such as courageous conversations, conflict resolution and negotiating skills will be explored.

Different strategies and approaches to facilitate family centred care will be explored; for example, development of the therapeutic relationship, parenting strategies and approaches to promote and support mental wellbeing.

Discussion of infant feeding strategies using the UNICEF (2017) Baby Friendly Standards will be examined, to promote breastfeeding feeding and health behaviour change.

The facilitation of teaching and learning is explored in relation to teaching new staff, students and parents. This is examined through the theories of teaching and learning.

The role of the health visitor in relation to working across agencies is examined, identifying the challenges and opportunities of working with other agencies to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families.



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Learning Methods

This module runs over 10 weeks, and is delivered online through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, CampusMoodle.

Independent Study

You are expected to undertake approximately 15 hours a week independent study.

Staff delivering on this course

Staff delivering this module have expertise in health visiting. They are NMC registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (Health Visiting). There is also consultation with a Lecturer in Mental Health, in developing the module materials.


The assessment for this module is a written assignment - 3000 words. 


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



Credit from this module may contribute to the MSc Advancing Practice (Health Visiting) or the University’s Professional Studies Framework. 

This module is suitable for registered nurses, health visitors, community school nurses, midwives, and health care professionals working with school aged children and young people. Normally, applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate degree level study; however, if this is not the case, interested individuals are encouraged to make contact and discuss their circumstances.
This module requires application of theory to practice, therefore some involvement in working as part of a community health visiting team is advantageous.

For Academic Session 2021/22

  • Home/EU Students - £690

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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